Painted Churches Tour

I have updated the route, but for some reason it won't link. Copy and paste the text bellow into your browser and it will show you the route. The total trip is 5 hours driving. If this is too much, we can eliminate the church in Brenham. It is a small church, but the description is very unusual. I don't know how photographic it will be. Any and all thoughts are welcome. Gonna stop for dinner in Lockhart. Was thinking Blacks, but again, this is a group. 



https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zhy9EE0uZHx8.kvBgxZXmz2x4



I have always wanted to tour some of the Painted Churches of Texas. These are beautiful churches built around the turn of the last century. The insides were painted in a very ornate way in order to give them the grandeur of big city churches without the cost. 

Most of the churches are open to the public and welcome photographers, but a few have gates that prevent you from taking good pictures. Since I have never been to them, I am looking for input as to which churches we should visit based on how photogenic they are, as well as accessibility.

Also looking for a firm date where most of us can attend.


J- http://www.klru.org/paintedchurches/


Jeff

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  • Raleigh M.

    Great day with good folks and pretty country! Oh no!! Am I the only one who posts pics??

    January 5

    • Jeff P.

      Hopefully I will have them up today.

      1 · January 5

    • Sue E.

      I might have something tonight. Still struggling with the A7

      1 · January 5

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Jeff for organizing the Painted Churches Tour. There were 7 in a caravan of four cars. We traveled through some beautiful country side; saw and photographed some historical sites. I'll have to figure out how to create an album for all the photos. Thanks again Jeff

    1 · January 4

    • Jeff P.

      It was truly a pleasure sharing the trip with all of you. Sorry about that one missed turn, but when the boss calls, you gotta take it. I will post pictures soon. Was working on my fence today.

      1 · January 4

  • Sue E.

    WooHoo
    What a day.
    All 5 churches and BBQ-done at sundown.
    Anyone able to post images tonight is a real trooper.

    2 · January 3

    • Raleigh M.

      Rats! That's terrible Lon! I hope you get it working soon. It would be great to retry the churches with the lights on.

      January 4

    • Charlotte Hickman (.

      Lon, what camera do you have? Have you tried calibrating your lenses to your camera? There are tutorials on line and you can do it with a large garden thermometer. Or you can download the software, FoCal, (I just got it and haven't used it, yet). It is about $100 or so, and you calibrate each lens to your camera, my understanding it takes over Canon camera's but with Nikon, you have to do the micro-adjusting. If you do that and still have problems, then for sure, send it in, or you can take it to Havel's or send all of your gear into your camera company and let them do it. And you probably already knew this, so sorry if it is repeat information. Sorry, your pic's didn't turn out!

      January 4

  • Sue E.

    Fun road trip and photo locations. Dinner at Blacks was terrific.

    2 · January 4

  • Sue E.

    running late (very). Will meet yall at the second church on the list. Jeff, I'll probably send text in about an hour and check here to see if you've changed the order

    1 · January 3

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am interested in making a meeting, but found you.
    Will this be a full day trip? at what time will it end?

    thank you

    January 2

    • Jeff P.

      Yes, all day. Meeting in Seguin at 7 am. See the map in the comment at the top.

      January 2

  • Raleigh M.

    Evidently, no one needs a ride as I haven't heard from anyone. I will be at the new location at....7:00?
    [masked]

    1 · January 2

    • Jeff P.

      Been hesitant to say anything. I fully intend to hit 6 churches AND Black's in Lockhart. You up for all that.

      1 · January 2

    • Raleigh M.

      Black's a restaurant or a bar?

      January 2

  • Sue E.

    Generous of you to offer to carpool but I'm one person you do not want in your car, Raleigh. I'd just pester you with questions about Montana; my 2015 fall vacation destination. And I'm probably going to stop over in New Braunfels Sat night to visit an old friend so I'm not offering to carpool.

    January 2

    • Raleigh M.

      And now I am curious as to the details of your trip. RATS!

      January 2

    • Sue E.

      We'll undoubtedly have time during breaks in shooting, and over the next few months. See you first thing tomorrow morning.

      January 2

  • Sue E.

    I can meet in Seguine, with my lunch in a cooler big enough to haul home some best bbq in texas. However, jeff, Id like to see what map you're using that brings us anywhere close to Lockhart. HA. Just sayin'

    January 1

    • Jeff P.

      After the last church we head due west. Lockhart is on the way home, sort of.

      1 · January 1

    • A former member
      A former member

      OK, Seguin Taco Cabana. Which Church is first on the list just in case I'm late?[masked]

      January 2

  • Charlotte Hickman (.

    I hate to back out at the last meeting but I have hurt my left shoulder (my dominate) arm. so I probably can't shoot anyway. I will see the dr on Monday, and I hope it is nothing major. I really wanted to go on this trip.

    January 2

    • Jeff P.

      Doesn't sound fun. Take care.

      1 · January 2

  • Jeff P.

    Meeting at the Taco Cabana in Seguin, @ I10 and 123. Added it to the map.

    January 2

    • Jeff P.

      Hope things work out.

      1 · January 2

  • Sue E.

    Oh, I forgot.
    Cell[masked]
    email [masked]

    January 2

  • Sue E.

    07:29AM sunrise; 17:48PM sunset; 10:19 hours of daylight. So, no problem, we're only driving about half of the time.
    And Blacks is open until 8 or 8:30.

    January 2

  • Jeff P.

    So, Is anyone meeting at TJ Maxx in SA to carpool, or are we all going to meet in Seguin? Plus, post cell numbers so we can stay in contact.

    January 2

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can we stop at Blue Bell. Please!!!!

    December 31

  • Jeff P.

    This is a long trip. 5 1/2 hours of driving alone. Then shooting. I don't know if we will even make all the churches, but I am up to the challenge. I also want a chance to visit some of the cemeteries. We might want to make Blue Bell another day. Just saying. However, we are not bound by my route. If you want to forgo a church and break off to hit BB, that is up to the individual. I am not pressing anyone to go to Lockhart for BBQ, just in my plans for the day. Will be a late dinner. I would suggest packing a lunch though.

    January 1

    • A former member
      A former member

      Had to cancel I have to work that afternoon. Don't want to risk not getting back in time and being tired. Guess I'll have to wait for the next time.

      January 1

  • A former member
    A former member

    Jeff, are we taking IH10/90 east? If so a good place to meet would be IH10 and 1604.

    December 31

    • Jeff P.

      Just let me know. Anyone have a location?

      January 1

    • A former member
      A former member

      Jeff, I will be picking up a friend close to Lackland AFB; so I will probably try to meet up in Seguin.

      1 · January 1

  • Jeff P.

    I have set the map to public. Again. For some reason, Google+ keeps changing it to private. I hope this is it. As for meeting, The primary meeting will need to be set after we hear from the Boerne participants. Are you going to drive 46 to Seguin, or 1604? Need to hear ASAP. The TJ Max location is for anyone from SA who wants to car pool. Please respond to this as well ASAP. I want to be moving towards I10/1604 or Seguin for a final 7:00 AM meeting time. We will wait 15 minutes. AGAIN, PLEASE RESPOND ASAP!

    Thanks.

    January 1

  • Sue E.

    I pass that intersection a couple of times each week. Its under construction and no businesses exactly at the intersection. If people are planning on gathering and leaving some vehicles, one of the service stations/convenience stores on 1604 could work. Otherwise, Schertz is a good option.

    January 1

  • Charlotte Hickman (.

    I am coming from Helotes and my friend, that is going with me, is coming from the Randolph area. Are we still meeting at the Hobby Lobby in Selma?
    I can't access the map, either, it says I need access, like @Sue Eley said.

    December 31

    • Charlotte Hickman (.

      Replying to my own comment, I sent an requests for the access to the map.

      December 31

  • Sue E.

    When I tried to access the map I got a message that you needed to grant me access so BOLO email. I live central/west so don't worry about me as far as selecting a meeting place; I'll meet yall at the first church, whenever we make our final determination. Yessssssssss! Blue Bell.

    1 · December 31

  • Raleigh M.

    Sorry to not mention this. I live out by Seaworld, so it would be easy to pick up and drop off as I travel through SA to get to Selma. [masked]

    1 · December 31

  • Jeff P.

    Who is coming from where. I live near North Star Mall. Who is coming from the Boerne Area? We need a place to meet, was thinking in Seguin so the Boerne folks don't have to come south then east.

    December 31

  • Jeff P.

    My phone is[masked]-3914. Will have a new route today or tomorrow. Eliminating Shiner and going to Brenham.

    December 31

  • Raleigh M.

    If anyone would like a ride, I have room for two. Let me know by a call or text at[masked]

    December 31

  • Jeff P.

    Revising the route. Not going to hit Shiner, was not really impressed with the church. Going north east a little farther. I plan to stop in Lockhart for BBQ at for late lunch early dinner.

    December 30

  • Raleigh M.

    Jeff, are we still looking good for Jan 3rd? If we are, I will RSVP and be there. In reading all the posts, it seems iffy right now.

    1 · December 29

  • Sue E.

    Weather looks good. Only a 10% chance of rain and temps in the 60s. I'm still all in for this road trip.

    3 · December 29

  • Jeff P.

    We are on. I have 4 or 5 confirmations. Looking to update. Please let me know.

    1 · December 29

  • Jeff P.

    BUMP BUMP BUMP......Looking for January Third. Who is in?

    December 16

  • Jeff P.

    Okay, so leaning towards the third as of right now. COOL BEANS

    1 · December 10

  • Sue E.

    Thanks for mentioning Photogenesis, Charlie; I'm signed up for that as well. So the 10th and 11th are non-starters for me.

    1 · December 10

  • Sue E.

    Way cool date.
    I'm back in the "yes" RSVP column.

    1 · December 10

  • Charlotte Hickman (.

    Jeff, as of right now, I can made January 3rd. Photogenesis (Texas PPA) is in San Marcos the weekend of Jan 10th, and I am going to that. I will know for sure when it gets close to the date, I am leaving my RSVP as a yes for the 3rd, as I really want to go on this tour! Thanks for trying to get us all together, I know, we all appreciate all that you and Cheryl do, it is just tough this time of year, with the holidays so near and everyone is so busy!

    December 9

  • Jeff P.

    Okay. I don't mean to keep moving this and I don't want to piss anyone off, but I also want a big group, at least 6-8 of us to go. It looks like the holidays might be preventing that from happening. Let's ALL chime in on a weekend for January, the most votes get it.

    1 · December 9

  • Sue E.

    Hey Jeff, I changed my RSVP to "no". Unfortunately, the 20th does not work for me. Too bad because I love our photography road trips.

    December 9

  • Jeff P.

    BUMP. Just want to make sure who is in.

    December 8

  • Linda K.

    So sorry for your loss. What a sad time.
    I won't be able to make the 20th. Family will be here for Christmas.

    December 8

  • Jeff P.

    I have a funeral to go to on Saturday. I lost a good friend today. He has family from all over the country and the family has decided to hold the service on Saturday morning to allow everyone to be there. I will push this back a week. So sorry. Let me know if this is okay.

    December 7

    • Charlotte Hickman (.

      So sorry for your loss Jeff.

      1 · December 7

    • Charlotte Hickman (.

      Jeff, again, so sorry for your loss and I should be able to make the 20th. There was a conflict with this Saturday, with another meet-ups downtown shoot. I am looking forward to the Painted Churches Tour and so far, I am able to make this new date.

      1 · December 7

  • Sue E.

    Sorry, I was at the coast and not checking mail.
    I'll be there next Saturday for sure. Can you post a tentative route map? I'll meet you at the first church

    December 7

  • Jeff P.

    This one is a week away. Are we good for next Saturday?

    December 6

  • Libby C.

    The only weekend that is a no-go for me is the first weekend in December (6th & 7th)...other than that, I'm open!

    November 24

  • Jeff P.

    Okay, everyone that wants to go on this trip, please post two weekends that work for you. I will pick the weekend that most people can attend. I NEED EVERYONE's INPUT PLEASE.

    November 23

  • Annette A.

    I won't be able to make it on that day. I will be in the middle of finals

    November 23

  • Jeff P.

    Moved this back a few weeks. Will be checking with Cheryl to see how she is feeling. If she can go, great. If not, I still may head out at this time for this one. Keep you posted.

    November 18

    • Cheryl B.

      Jeff, everyday is different for me and unpredictable. Just go ahead and schedule when it good for the group. If I'm up to it I'll certainly go!

      1 · November 23

  • Paula C.

    Hello to all! I am a new recruit (: Do you know what time this wonderful photo meetup will be done? I have a CHRISTmas party at 5:30pm to attend that night?

    November 20

  • Jeff P.

    The date is a "soft" date. Waiting to hear from Cheryl if she can go. We might push it back to December.

    October 28

    • A former member
      A former member

      I might not be able to attend but won't know yntil closer to date

      October 28

  • Linda K.

    I'm in the same boat as Charlie. Double booked. I was really looking forward to see the churches but I'll have to wait until next time.

    October 28

  • Charlotte Hickman (.

    I hate to change my RSVP for this but, SA Luminaria Arts is going on that same weekend and I realized the other day, I was signed up for 2 meet-up groups on the same day. I am not sure I can do this and make it back for that, as well. I hope we do this again and that I can make it the next time.

    October 28

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